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Fayemi Declares Free Education In Ekiti State

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    Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has abolished the education development levy introduced by the government of Mr. Ayodele Fayose in all primary and secondary schools in the state.

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    He made the announcement at a ‘Thank You’ visit to Ekiti North and South Senatorial Districts on Wednesday.

    Fayemi declared that education would henceforth be free in all public primary and secondary schools across the state, saying it was anomaly for school children to pay tax.

    He said, “From today, we have cancelled all educational taxes. We can’t owe parents and expect them to be paying taxes.”

    The governor promised to introduce a free meal in public schools by December.

    The highly controversial Education Development Levy was introduced by Fayose’s administration in 2015 and its payment was mandatory for students of public and private schools in the state.

    Children at primary and secondary cadres were mandated to pay N500 and N1,000 per term respectively. The governor wondered why underage children should be made to pay levies when their parents are already paying taxes.

    Dr Fayemi noted that government would not add to the burden of the already traumatised parents as a result of the harsh economy and unpaid salaries inflicted by the last administration.